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July 25, 2014
11:29 EDTUA, NKE, SKX, DECKDeckers Outdoor climbs higher after Q1 results, increased FY outlook
Shares of footwear company Deckers Outdoor (DECK) are climbing higher after the company reported first quarter earnings per share and revenue that exceeded analysts' consensus along with an increased FY15 EPS and revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Deckers said its Q1 loss per share was $1.07, which was better than analysts' consensus of a $1.28 per share loss. Revenue for the quarter was $211.5M, exceeding analysts' consensus estimates of $192.01M. The company's direct-to-consumer comparable sales were up 10% in Q1 and UGG brand net sales for the quarter were up 22.8% to $123.3M. Teva brand net sales in Q1 were up 25.7% to $39.3M and its Sanuk brand net sales were up 19.6% to $36M. Deckers' Q1 combined net sales of the company's other brands increased 54.5% to $12.9M. Sales for the global retail store business increased 29.4% to $42M. Looking ahead, Deckers now expects fiscal year 2015 EPS to increase approximately 14.5% from previous guidance of up 13.5% and expects FY15 revenues to increase about 14%, up from the previous guidance of 13%. The consensus estimate for EPS and revenue are $4.69 and $1.8B, respectively. Deckers now expects FY15 UGG brand revenues to increase approximately 12% over the prior year from the previous guidance of 11% and predicts FY15 Teva brand revenues will increase approximately 11% over the prior year. The company expects FY15 Sanuk brand revenues to increase approximately 15% compared to the prior year. Combined FY15 net sales of the company's other brands are expected to be approximately $82M. The company's guidance assumes a gross profit margin of approximately 49%, an operating margin of approximately 13%. and an effective tax rate of about 29%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company expects second quarter EPS of approximately 98c against analysts' estimates of $1.13 and sees revenues for the quarter up about 18% from the year ago period against estimates of $441.17M. ANALYST REACTION: Jefferies analyst Randal Konlk upgraded Deckers to Buy from Hold after the firm said it has more conviction of the company's margin expansion potential in FY15. The analyst believes that the company's market undervaluing the sequential upward potential at the moment from new product reveals could contribute an incremental $150M-$250M in revenue over the next 1-2 years. The firm increased its price target for Deckers to $130 from $78. ISI Group, which raised its price target on shares to $105 from $95, believes Deckers investments are beginning to drive more consistent sales results and driving it into a lifestyle brand. Citigroup also raised its price target on Deckers, to $105 from $94, following the better than anticipated Q1 results and guidance. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of Deckers were up $5.60 or 6.57%, to $90.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other running shoe makers include Nike (NKE), Under Armour (UA) and Skechers (SKX).
News For DECK;NKE;UA;SKX From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
07:20 EDTNKENike continuing to 'dominate' back to school, says Stifel
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August 26, 2015
11:43 EDTUAUnder Armour investors approve plan for Class C shares, Bloomberg reports
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10:26 EDTUAUnder Armour investors approve plan for Class C shares, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites an e-mail confirmation from a company spokesperson.
10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:01 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor opens pop-up shops in Boston and New York
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07:45 EDTNKENike upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
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06:40 EDTNKENike upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
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August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
06:20 EDTNKENike upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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August 21, 2015
15:51 EDTUAUnder Armour to host special shareholder meeting
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08:00 EDTSKXSkechers announces three-for-one stock split subject to investor approval
SKECHERS USA announced that its Board of Directors has approved a three-for-one split of the Company's Class A and Class B common stock that will be distributed in the form of a stock dividend. The stock split is subject to stockholder approval of an amendment to the Company's Certificate of Incorporation to increase the authorized number of Class A and Class B shares. The stockholder vote is expected to take place at a special meeting of stockholders currently scheduled for September 24, 2015. If the Company's stockholders approve the authorization of additional shares, the stock dividend will be distributed to the stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 2, 2015, with a payment date of October 15, 2015. "Our decision to adopt this stock split is another indication of our confidence in our business model worldwide, which we believe will continue to generate profitable growth and strong cash flows," stated Robert Greenberg, Skechers CEO. "We are looking forward to continuing to deliver our broad-based collection of men's, women's and kids' footwear to the global market. Personally, I have never been more confident and excited about the future of Skechers."
August 20, 2015
06:45 EDTSKXSkechers volatility increases as shares near record high
Skechers August call option implied volatility is at 40, September is at 36; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 58, suggesting non-directional price movement.

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